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Are “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” racist television programs?

 

Depends on who you ask, isn’t it?

 

In a piece by Ana Douglas that appears June 13th, 2012 in BusinessInsider.com, she brings up a very valid, although

saddening fact about the programs: “The Bachelorette” is in its 23rd season. No minorities have yet to be prominently featured.

 

“The Bachelor” has been on the air for approximately 10 years now, too, the piece cites. No minorities have ever been prominently featured on that program, either, and by the looks of things, that trend does not appear to be anywwhere near changing.

 

Maybe qualified minority contestants just aren’t there, as producers contend?

 

Nathanial Claybrooks and Christopehr Johnson have both filed a class action suit against ABC and the producers of the programs for racial discrimination.

 

I don’t know if a judge will rule in their favor or not, (probably not as the case is going to be difficult to prove), but it would be exceedingly nice to see someone other than a white male or female headline one of these “reality” television programs.

 

Black people, Asian people, Native American people, and many other types of people do exist, have great jobs, make lots of dough,

lead productive lives, can be “sexy” and appealing to audiences. We just haven’t seen them on either program for however many years they’ve both been on now. Watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” you’d think minority populations must be something akin to less than a single percentage point of the global population.

 

At any rate, let’s wish these guys luck, and here’s a link to the entire piece: